In the 1950s, the "TV GUY" brought your new set home and tuned it for you. Then came the 1970s where we drifted into "plug and play" with the viewer doing all of the tuning. By the 1990s, component video was making its way into the home, and we released Video Essentials to help you get it right. Now…. it's time for the next generation, as home entertainment setup has evolved into Digital Video Essentials. The DVE calibration disc looks at system setup from the point of view of creating a canvas for works of electronic art. We've created NTSC, PAL and HDTV versions of DVE that provide a unified set of instructions and test patterns that work with all three formats. From acoustic and visual environment of a high quality system, to audio and video setup, Digital Video Essentials is the "TV Guy" of the 21st Century
PAL DVE Consumer Insert
Just as the first few years of color television viewing looked “good” when it was installed by a professional, the look of HDTV in consumers’ homes should look superior if it is selected and installed by a knowledgeable person. Digital Video Essentials (DVE) was born out of a series of lectures we were presented to home theater installers, trying to help them understand how to make the most of the coming of HDTV. It was clear from those encounters that their clients needed help in asking the right questions of installers, let alone possibly figuring out how to do a good job of it on their own. The digital world was supposed to make that easy, plug and play, but in fact has introduced a whole new world of complications. For some time to come we see the consumer needing a bit of help in getting it right.
What evolved in the creation of DVE was a program that discusses how to create a canvas for reproducing works of electronic art where the display or canvas in your home matches that used to produce the program. The program brings attention to the fact that there are actually three slightly different canvases used in program production. Two of them are the standard definition specifications known as NTSC and PAL. You may also know about SECAM but in the world of our canvas it’s the same as PAL. The third system is HDTV and includes the 720 and 1080 line systems. We found it necessary to build a basic program that can work in all three formats, then added parts to the individual programs that are particular to that format.
The two standard definition formats are being accommodated in the DVD format. The discs contain interactive tutorials that discuss three basic topics, the acoustic and visual environment of a high quality system, a bit about audio setup, and different approach to video setup than we’ve taken in the past. The DVD’s provide the support instructions for the HDTV D-Theater version of the program. The linear format of D-Theater made it difficult to include any of the interactive parts of the video setup. We aimed at designing DVE on DVD as a journey, a fun ride with rewards at the end of the run.
The English language PAL DVD has been set for Region 0, meaning that it should play on any DVD player capable of PAL, any place in the world. We’ve done the same with the English language NTSC disc. There will be versions of DVE in both PAL and NTSC in other languages. They may be coded for a specific region.
There are two menu systems in the disc. The upper menu system is called the Program Menu and it can be reached with the Title key. The lower system describes the contents of each individual title. It can be reached by pressing the Menu key on the player’s remote control. We often found the Title key missing on remotes so there is a connection in the lower menu system to the Program Menu. This is illustrated in Title 3 of the DVD.
Additional information about DVE can be found at http://www.videoessentials.com